Friday was a busy day for the CSU softball program, marking the end of a legacy and the start of a new era for the Rams.
Mary Yori, the CSU softball coach for the past 10 seasons, resigned Thursday night after a historic tenure leading the Rams. Yori posted an impressive record of 276-242 in her stint, leading the Rams as the softball coach with the most wins in CSU history.
Yoriâ€™s two Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year nominations and the Ramsâ€™ 2003 MWC Tournament title and 2004 regular season championship win exemplified this success.
Yori will relocate to Omaha, Neb., where she lived for 20 years prior to moving to Fort Collins. She says it will give her a better opportunity to be close to her family.
After 10 seasons of filling out the lineup card, Yori is happy with what she has done for CSU softball.
â€œI have worked with many outstanding student-athletes,â€ Yori said, â€œand it has been a pleasure watching them grow as kids, athletes and in their personal lives.â€
It did not take the CSU Athletic Department long to find a candidate to be the 12th head coach in CSU softball history. All the Rams had to do was go south on Interstate-25.
When Yoriâ€™s resignation went into effect on Friday, CSU brought in former Metro State coach Jen Fisher to take over the CSU program.
Fisher comes to Fort Collins fresh off of a season during which she was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year with the Metro State Roadrunners. In 2010, she took an infant Roadrunners program in only its third year to earning a berth in the College World Series.
Both a Rocky Mountain High School and CSU alumna, Fisher is happy to come back to Fort Collins and coach the Rams.
â€œI care deeply for Fort Collins and CSU and hope to make them both very proud of the Rams softball team,â€ Fisher said.
The Rams hope that Fisher can continue her winning ways after two successful stops at Otero Junior College and Metro State.
At Otero, Fisher had a record of 355-119 while winning seven consecutive Region IX championships and Coach of the Year Awards.
In the last three years, Fisher restarted the Metro State program after it was disbanded in 1990. She went on to win two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships with a record 125-36 in those three seasons.
â€œI plan to work diligently with student athletes to reach their goals and become champions both on and off the field,â€ Fisher said.
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